Apple iPhone 5 reportedly kills Chinese woman

Apple iPhone 5 reportedly kills Chinese woman
According to a story reported by two publications in China, 23 year old Ma Ai Lun died when she answered a call on her Apple iPhone 5 while it was recharging. Details are sketchy and some of the information loses meaning in translation, but it appears that news of the death was originally reported on "Ueybo" which is China's equivalent of Twitter. Ms. Ai Lun was a flight attendant on China Southern Airlines and was supposed to get married on August 8th.

 Forensic investigation has confirmed that the deceased had been electrocuted, which was listed as the official cause of death. Police in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region confirmed the incident. The victim's sister warns other users of the Apple iPhone 5 not to use the device while it is charging.

We have a call into Apple for the company's reaction, which we will pass along as soon as we hear from the tech titan. The incident allegedly took place on July 11th. 

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: ChinaNavis (translated) via BTVNews (translated)

UPDATE: According to a published report on Monday, Apple sent a statement to the Xinhua News agency that it was "deeply sorry for the unfortunate accident" and will investigate the circumstances of Ma Ai Lun's death.

source: XinhuaNews via TheRegister

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90. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The problem here is simple. If you use a charger that doesn't work, then it just shouldn't work. The phone should turn off charging to protect it. Or if the phone reaches a certain temperature, it should ahut off to prevent fire or explosion. No other phone have I ever hear blow up using a 3rd party charger. I didn't say it has never happened. But when I have heard it's been an iPhone. But no one says anything. Seems to be ok foe Apple products to injure people, but no one else can.

88. samsuper

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Now iphone fans can say that , iphone 5 is a killer phone.

87. poping unregistered

imho, i put safety first over hype... for me and my family, it's big NO TO ANY METAL BODY PHONE (that includes aluminum)... ...

85. sguyx

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

if you like to find the news that i cannot link (because the 30 posts restriction): 1) news about exploded charger 2) news about the boy got electric shock and got to a hospital 1)iltalehti site: "iphone 5:n laturi räjähti" (20.3.2013) 2)iltasanomat site: "iphone-laturi leimahti - 13-vuotias poika sairaalaan" (16.7.2013)

83. sguyx

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Same time in Finland: (fromsite iltasanomat, cannot link, less than 30 posts. wtf!?) 13 years old boy got to a hospital over night because the iphone 5 charger flamed. The boy got electric shock and got burn on his arm. On the picture: Superintendent Jari Tuomi from TUKES is showing the apple iphone 5 charger. Finnish Safety and Chemical Agency (TUKES) is now investigating the charger. (site tukes fi) also another case from march, iphone 5 charger exploded. source iltalehti, cannot link because this restriction of 30 posts!

82. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

That is why Plastic is better.

81. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Come on PA, moderate some of these troll posts. Posts and posters have been moderated for less considering someone's lost their life here.

80. poping unregistered

... aluminum is conductive.. ...

79. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

f**** iphones! someone its not doing their job!

78. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Ban the iphone 5 sales until found the course and replaced all the faulty parts.

76. BigBoss10

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

iPhone KILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

73. joshOps85

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I dont see how this could happen because a phone charger has a transformer which converts the mains voltage down to like 5 volts and thats nowhere near enough volts to electrocute somebody.

72. abhilashes

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 15, 2013


67. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

What about exposed wire on the charger cord. There are no details so we don't know squat. We don't even know this is a real story.

65. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Wonder if there was an electrical storm, perhaps a surge that actually caused the death. If your on a corded phone (those still exist, in some places) and its lightening outside you should hang up because if lightning hits it can come through the line and ground through you. Perhaps it could have been any phone type. I guess there needs to be more infomration on if it was a phone defect or some other outside factor.

51. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

one week a gs4 burning someone a next an iphone 5 killing someone.

47. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

my gosh. RIP and shes very cute too. the apple iphone is a iKiller

50. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You're an immature punk who would do well to shut his ignorant piehole. Using the death of a human being to push your hatefest agenda is scummy. I'm sure your parents would be ashamed to know they had raised such a low-life jerk.

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, and well said napalm. What a jerk, and Dorothy69 is just as classless as gadget.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+10 by the way

45. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I absolutely despise Apple and even I'm not buying this one. The phone is receiving usb strength voltage from the block. There would have to be multiple simultaneous failures for this to happen. The tiny wires in a USB cable could not even carry enough current to kill you. There is definitely more to this.

84. sguyx

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

definitely more... in finland a 13 years old boy got to a hospital because of iphone 5 charger and finnish authorities (tukes) are now investigating the charger. earlier on the spring, iphone 5 charger exploded and almost burnt the house here in finland. sorry, i cannot link because i havent put 30 posts yet... you will find these from iltalehti and iltasanomat sites. iltalehti: iphone 5:n laturi räjähti (20.3.2013) iltasanomat: iphone laturi leimahti - 13-vuotias poika sairaalaan (16.7.2013)

39. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Plastic > "Premium Materials". There has to be more to this story like maybe water being involved or the plastic covering of the cable being torn exposing the metal wiring. I don't see how someone could possibly be electrocuted if they held it properly while charging.

48. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

iPhone have high RADIATION LEVELS

38. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

That's why I prefer the plastic note

34. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

may she be RIP, very sad to listen, Apple should fix this ug, few days before Samsung Galaxy S3 and now this, companies should give special care to this, because its the smartphone that discharges so quickly that people have to answer calls in urgent situations, while charging Puplic notices along with large battery capacity, these two things should be done

29. almostdone

Posts: 452; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

This is not to bash Apple but plastic may of not carried the charge through the shell of the phone.

23. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I love how at the end of this sad article PA cheer...."thanks anonymous tipster" like its good they got this news!

24. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

The story is most likely a fake. I rarely defend Apple, but this is not news: it's unfounded speculation at best...

74. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

i think this is true, cause it has been report on a news paper which in my country

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